In a Newstalk interview,the founder of online Leaving Cert maths tuition service

Positive Maths | Online Maths Tutorials Personalised tuition for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert - Ireland said that Project Maths graduates are less well prepared than traditional maths graduates for advanced maths in university. That's because Leaving Cert maths no longer includes difficult aspects of calculus and complex numbers theory.Clearly,university science students need to be exposed to these topics at a young age in secondary school. While the Newstalk presenter pointed out that this is a deficiency in curriculum, presumably Project Maths' emphasis on practical applications of maths leaves less time for advanced theory.

The founder of Positive Maths made two other criticisms: students' use of calculators deprives them of practice learning maths by manually working through maths problems;and maths can't be taught properly in today's large class sizes of around 30.

Given that Ireland's economic future heavily depends on moving up the value chain into advanced science and engineering,it is important that these weaknesses in Project Maths be corrected as a matter of urgency.